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Umbria, Italy - A Place in the Sun

2021 / Umbria, Italy Sara Damergi on 30 September 2021

Umbria, Italy Sara Damergi

Sara Damergi is with Beverley and her mum Margaret, house hunting in the spectacular countryside and medieval towns of Umbria in Italy. Beverly has enjoyed a 30-year love affair with all things Italian and now can’t wait to relocate to the Umbrian mountains to indulge her twin passions of history and baking. For her ideal £150,000 budget she’s looking for a rural house with a garden and space for her family to come and visit. Sara has five great options to show her, but will any live up to her dreams?

Umbria

About the area

Around a two and a half hour flight from the UK to Rome and the same again in the car takes you to Umbria in central Italy. The region, known as the green heart of Italy and crossed by the River Tiber, is home to some of the most breath taking scenery in the whole of the country, with traditional medieval towns and villages, castles and fortresses dotted in between as well the stunning Lake Trasimeno (the largest lake of central Italy) and Marmore Falls. Every year around half a million people visit this area (adding to its population of around 882,000), exploring all the history and soaking up those views.  

Property 1

Two-bed house in Umbertide

Property 1 Two-bed house in Umbertide

The first property is around 3 miles outside the town of Umbertide. It's a three-storey traditional stone property that’s divided into two separate apartments (each with a large bedroom, kitchen and lounge.) Along with the apartments comes a garden (about 600 square metres) with olive and fruit trees – and off the top floor flat is a balcony with far reaching views. Inside, the first, bottom flat has a dining room, a separate kitchen-diner, a good sized double bedroom, a shower room, and a separate toilet. Upstairs leads to the second self contained flat, with another good sized bedroom, and a kitchen-diner, which could be converted into the 3rd bedroom - and a shower room. Visit the estate agent's website here.

Valued at £177,273 at the time of filming.

 

Property 2

Three-bed house in Panicale

Property 2 Three-bed house in Panicale

The next property is a five minute drive (1.9 miles) from the nearest town (San Arcangelo) and a ten minute drive (4.5 miles) from the picturesque town of Panicale. It's a semi-detached three-bed house with mature garden and a self-contained apartment (with an additional bedroom) in the basement. Part of the property is at least 100 years old, the other part is an extension from the 1960s. The house has a terrace to the side and a garden with countryside views. There’s also a balcony with vista views. Find out more here.

Valued at £134,545 at the time of filming.

Property 3

Three-bed converted farm building in Castiglione del Lago

Property 3 Three-bed converted farm building in Castiglione del Lago

This terraced 3-bed converted farm building is located just a couple of miles outside the town of Castiglione del Lago and comes with lots of quirky character. It has a good-size separate kitchen and a garden with (yet to be converted) outhouse. There’s a covered patio area at the back that leads around to a garden, with fabulous views beyond. Inside is a large hallway with room for a seating area, which leads through into a larger living and dining room. There’s also a bedroom and a shower room on this floor. Upstairs is a double bedroom with a balcony overlooking the garden. Up another flight of stairs is a third bedroom - and another large shower room. See more from the agent here.

Valued at £143,640 at the time of filming.

Property 4

Four-bed house in Castiglione del Lago

Property 4 Four-bed house in Castiglione del Lago

This 4-bed detached house comes with a lot of living space and a good amount of garden & land. It has a courtyard to the front and a huge garden, flanked by an olive grove. Inside is a kitchen, two separate rooms that could be a lounge and dining room, a shower room, and a utility. Upstairs are two bedrooms that both lead out onto a balcony with stunning views. There’s another bedroom, currently used as a lounge - and another shower room. Visit the estate agent's website here.

Valued at £177,273 at the time of filming.

Property 5

Three-bed house in Paciano

Property 5 Three-bed house in Paciano

This property is one and a half miles from the beautiful village of Paciano. It's a lovingly restored farmhouse from the 1800s, which comes with 3 bedrooms and a good-size (yet manageable bit of land with olive trees and views to die for. This house has a fabulous covered terrace with a garden and stunning views down to Lake Trasimeno. There is an outhouse used for storage Inside is a cosy lounge which is open to a kitchen-diner, and a shower room. Upstairs are two double bedrooms overlooking the countryside and another shower room. Downstairs in the basement is a separate apartment; a lounge with a sofa bed, a separate eat-in kitchen and a third shower room. Find out more here.

Hot property

Seven-bed country house in Citta della Pieve

Hot property Seven-bed country house in Citta della Pieve

This property has seven bedrooms, five bathrooms, and is on a plot of approximately 4.4 hectares of land. It has off-road parking, an outdoor pool & gardens, a cinema room, games room and a sauna. It has a courtyard to the front and a huge garden, flanked by an olive grove. Inside is a kitchen, two separate rooms that could be a lounge and dining room - a shower room and a utility. Upstairs are two bedrooms that both lead out onto a balcony with stunning views. There’s another bedroom, currently used as a lounge - and another shower room In terms of style it has a lovely mix of traditional and modern, lots of nice touches – such as a cinema room on the lower floor, and hidden door in a bookcase that leads to a bathroom. Find out more here.